Uber car self-driving car kills a woman in Arizona

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An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, last night. 

The car was in autonomous mode when it struck the woman. The car had a safety driver behind the wheel when the accident occurred. 

The event is the first known pedestrian death involving an autonomous car.

The woman was walking "outside of the crosswalk" when she was struck by the Uber car, according to police. 

As a result of the accident, Uber has paused self-driving operations and issued the following statement: 

"Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident."

The Tempe Police Department released the following statement: 

"We wanted to provide an update to the Uber accident that occurred overnight on Mill Ave. just south of Curry Rd. The vehicle involved is one of Uber's self-driving vehicles. It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel. The vehicle was traveling northbound just south of Curry Rd. when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle. She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries. Her next of kin has not been notified yet so her name is not being released at this time. Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation."


Someone copied my Facebook account

Somebody copied all my pictures, including my profile picture and banner, then sent "friend" requests to all my friends. Here's the fraudulent account

The name in the URL is Afolabi Yusuf, but the profile name is mine. 

Facebook seems to have taken quick action. But as a journalist and public pseudo-intellectual, I really should be verified on Facebook. I'm verified on all the other platforms. 

I fear that they don't verify me because I'm a big Facebook critic. But it's impossible to know. The world's most influential source of information is a black box and nobody can know how they influence public opinion or "handle" critics. 

How to taste this earthshaking "amber" wine


I just tasted the most astonishing wine. 

Dry and caramely, it reminded me of the best whisky I’ve ever tried. It's so rare to taste a wine that's not only conspicuously excellent, but completely different. 

It was made by one of the world's greatest and most visionary winemakers. She calls it an "amber" wine. 

Her wines are not exported outside of Italy. You can only find them here in the Prosecco Hills. She only made 600 bottles of this "amber" wine. 

Her white wines are incredible. Her reds are divine. And her Prosecco -- forget about it. It tastes unlike any Prosecco you've ever encountered.

Our Prosecco Experience group will taste this amazing "amber" wine, and several others. With the winemaker. In her home. On top of a hill of her vineyards overlooking a valley of incomparable beauty. 

There is only one way to get to know this brilliant winemaker and try this exclusive wine: With us! Only one couple spot left for our Prosecco Experience!

Don't miss this!

Half-baked idea: The unbearable lightness of being the biggest


(WARNING: "Half-baked ideas" are potential articles I'm working on where I don't have enough information yet, don't have an opinion yet, or both. This post will change as the idea develops. When this idea grows up to be a real article -- or proves itself to be a dead end -- this post will be deleted.)

In olden times (20 years ago), the key business dominance was to own everything. The biggest oil companies owned everything from hole to hole (from the oil drilling to the gas tank). McDonald's dominated by owning the restaurant buildings and the land they were built on, etc. 

But now? Not so much: 

  • Amazon is the biggest US store; owns almost no stores. 
  • Alibaba is the biggest store; has no inventory
  • Uber is the biggest car driving service; owns almost no cars
  • Facebook is the biggest source of content; creates no content
  • AirBnB is the biggest source of lodging; owns no lodgings
  • Netflix is the biggest source of TV; is not a TV station

So what does this mean?

(Props on the idea from Steve Burns and Christopher Mims.)

The trouble with glass walls

Caller: This is Apple security reporting a medical injury.

Dispatcher: OK, what is the address of the emergency?

Caller: Apple Park Way. 1 Apple Park Way.

Dispatcher: ...so tell me exactly what happened.

Caller: We had an individual who ran into a glass wall pane and they hit their head. They have a small cut on their head and they are bleeding, slightly disoriented. We have on site security with them right now.

This is why we do it

The Gastronomad imperative: Re-arrange your life completely if you can, change careers if you must, but live abroad as much and as often as you can -- even if it's just an extra week each year. And do it for the food. 

(If that sounds impossible, I'll tell you exactly how to do it in my book.) 

Because food is not about food. It's about friendship and culture and history and humanity. And food. 

Amira put together a simple and super delicious meallast night with ingredients on hand (she made a frittata, plus some squash and potatoes), followed by salad and cheese (because this is France).

Our generous and wonderful friends supplied the wine, including a truly wonderful 1985 Bordeaux. The label had seen better days, but the wine was at its prime. 

This is why we do it

Yes, you WILL wear smart glasses


My definition for "smart glasses" are any glasses that look more or less like regular glasses, but which contain both at least one microprocessor and one battery. 

So many people still think this won't happen. Such people are wrong. Smart glasses will not only go mainstream, become ubiquitous and be offered as an option by every optometrist out there, but the'll also eventually replace smartphones as the main way we connect and communicate. 

If you're in IT, here's what you need to know